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Southern bears on prowl in gay Atlanta over Fourth of July weekend

Atlanta Bear Fest begins today and wraps up Monday with a farewell brunch, bringing together hirsute men who love men and those who love them for a weekend of growling and prowling.

This year’s theme, “Lock Down,” conjures up some sexy images of guards and prisoners. And apparently security is going to be tight — check out these “secret memos” from the “warden.”

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‘Incredible’ East Side Pride draws crowd to Clarkston

East Side Pride festival

The first-ever East Side Pride drew a diverse crowd to Clarkston’s Milam Park on Saturday for an afternoon of cooking out, dancing, lawn games and playing on the playground — all while building community for LGBT people who live east of Atlanta.

“I think this year’s picnic was a great launching point,” said Lorrie King, organizer of East Side Pride with her husband, Clarkston City Councilmember Adam White.

King estimated that as many as 125 people dropped in over the course of the afternoon, including several who said they had to see with their own eyes a Pride event in the eastern suburb.

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On the edge

Atlanta legend hosts drag event at Blake's on the Park

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Praise and prayer

Our Religion Directory offers plenty of options for LGBT-inclusive worship

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East Point Possums drag extravaganza

Alexandria Martin performs at East Point Possums

The East Point Possums Show, the first event in Atlanta’s Stonewall Week, raised just over $10,000 for Atlanta Pride and the Atlanta Health Initiative at its 13th annual fundraiser on June 19.

Some 28 acts took the stage and wowed a crowd estimated at more than 1,500. From drag queens to drag kings and songs from Ke$ha to Lady Gaga, the annual show was a hit for the LGBT crowd as well as the straight people who come each year to enjoy the antics and fun of one of the largest drag shows in the Southeast.